Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Spotlight on Homeschooling Series: Rebecca

Rebecca is one of those mothers I always strive to emulate. She goes with the flow so well and never seems to get too upset or worked up over everything! I really could take a page from that book...

1. How old is/are your kid(s)?

The homeschooled child is 5 1/2 at the moment.

2. How long have you been homeschooling?

A year.

3. What made you choose to homeschool?

We had always planned to homeschool because neither my husband nor myself felt that the school system worked very well for either of us. On top of that, my son was born with extreme allergies and I do not feel comfortable sending him into an environment covered in allergens likely to give him hives daily.

4. Is there a particular style you use (e.g. Montessori, spiritual, etc) and why?

No. I picked a curriculum and am supplementing with other sources. I don't do everything the curriculum says to do and I add things that I think would fit well with the way he learns.

5. Do you believe you will homeschool for your child(ren)'s entire academic life, or do you plan on using public, private or charter schools at some point?

If any of my children would like to go to public middle school, I'm willing to discuss it with them. If they want to go to public high school, they certainly may. I have no problem homeschooling until they graduate though.

6. How do you respond to claims that homeschooling children leads to socialization issues and doesn't prepare children for the 'real world'?

This question is a pretty common one and it's still annoying every time I hear it. School socialization is nothing like the "real world," in my experience. My child gets socialization with his cousins and other extended family members several times a week. He also attends music and karate lessons with his family. He is learning manners and how to interact with people and the world. There is a homeschooling group that gets together for hang-out time once a week, soccer time once a week (not in the winter), and at parks once a week. They also get together for field trips. We haven't attended many of these functions yet but will as the children get older.

7. What is your biggest worry about homeschooling?

I don't have any worries about homeschooling. I've researched it quite a bit, read several books, and am very comfortable with my choices. :)

8. Briefly, what are your state's guidelines for homeschooling families? (If you feel comfortable saying it, feel free to indicate what state you're in)

In Indiana we have to keep attendance records and they're required to attend school for 180 days a year. No subject requirements or testing is required.

This website has a good breakdown of state laws: http://www.hslda.org/laws/default.asp

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